Astronics Announces Acquisition of PGA Electronic

Astronics Announces Acquisition of PGA Electronic

  *Leading manufacturer of seat motion and lighting systems for business and
    first class aircraft seats
  *Europe's leading manufacturer of in-flight entertainment and cabin
    management systems for VVIP aircraft

EAST AURORA, N.Y., Nov. 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Astronics Corporation
(Nasdaq:ATRO), a leading provider of advanced technologies for the global
aerospace and defense industries, announced today that it has entered into a
definitive agreement to acquire PGA Electronic ("PGA") for approximately $28.5
million. The purchase price will be paid 60% in cash and 40% in Astronics
stock. The deal is expected to close before year end, subject to customary
closing conditions.

PGA Electronic, located in Châteauroux, France, designs and manufactures seat
motion and lighting systems primarily for business and first class aircraft
seats and is Europe's leading provider of in-flight
entertainment/communication systems as well as cabin management systems for
private VVIP aircraft. Its customers are primarily aircraft seat manufacturers
and corporate jet completion centers. Approximately 91% of PGA's sales are in
Europe. For its fiscal year 2013, which ended August 31, 2013, PGA had sales
of approximately $44 million. The business generates margins similar to those
of Astronics.

Peter J. Gundermann, CEO of Astronics, commented, "The addition of PGA to
Astronics deepens our reach into the European aircraft market while extending
our lighting and power technologies. The acquisition complements well our
other lighting, cabin electronics and communication capabilities."

PGA was established in 1989 and currently has about 190 employees. Its
products can be found on the full range of commercial transport aircraft
programs and on many large private and government jets around the world.


Astronics Corporation is a leader in advanced, high performance lighting,
electrical power and automated test systems for the global aerospace and
defense industries. Astronics' strategy is to develop and maintain positions
of technical leadership in its chosen aerospace and defense markets, to
leverage those positions to grow the amount of content and volume of product
it sells to those markets and to selectively acquire businesses with similar
technical capabilities that could benefit from our leadership position and
strategic direction. Astronics Corporation, and its wholly-owned subsidiaries,
Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp., Ballard Technology, Inc., DME
Corporation, Luminescent Systems Inc., Max-Viz, Inc., AeroSat and PECO, Inc.,
have a reputation for high-quality designs, exceptional responsiveness, strong
brand recognition and best-in-class manufacturing practices. The Company
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CONTACT: For more information contact:
         David C. Burney, Chief Financial Officer
         (716) 805-1599, ext. 159
         Investor Relations:
         Deborah K. Pawlowski, Kei Advisors LLC
         Phone: (716) 843-3908

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